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New village store will open in Hardwicke after troubles

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

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Happy campaigners outside the Starting Gate pub: David Mossman - Chairman of Parish Council, Sandie Fear, Sonya Rankin, Michelle Pugh, Delta Hughes, Helen Beddis, Neil Carmichael MP

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FORTUNES for Hardwicke are turning around as One Stop Shop prepare to step into the black hole left by the village’s convenience store closing down.

The chain of local shops, which is a subsidiary of Tesco, looks set to take over the derelict Starting Gate pub and is currently drawing up plans.

It comes after the village store and post office closed down on January 7 after months of the shelves being run down by its owners.

Six employees, who have not been paid for months, look set to land jobs in the new store too.

Councillor David Mossman, chairman of Hardwicke Parish Council, who has led the talks with One Stop Shop, said: “One Stop have been expressing an interest in opening a store plus post office in the Hardwicke area, which the parish council has been involved with and encouraging.

“I am pleased to report that One Stop are now in negotiations with the new owners of the former Starting Gate pub and the Post Office with the aim of opening a new post office and store.

“We are 100 per cent behind this venture and whilst nothing is guaranteed or confirmed at this stage, it is expected to come to finalisation shortly.”

The Post Office have confirmed that they are committed to running a branch in the village.

Sandie Fear, former sub-postmistress, said: “I can’t go out of my front door without people asking me what is happening and when we are going to get a new post office.

“There are a lot of older people in the village and the post office is vital for them. At the moment they are all having to trek into town.

“We were hanging on in the hope that something would happen with the old shop but it hasn’t. This new plan is encouraging. It will be good to get the post office back open again.”

Final negotiations with the new owners of the Starting Gate pub are now taking place and these are expected to take four or five weeks. Plans are also being drawn up for what the new shop and post office could look like.

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  • quedgeleyles  |  March 05 2014, 3:59PM

    Why shouldnt Hardwicke have its own village shop even if it run by a Tesco subsidiary? At least the old Morning Star/Starting Gate pub will be saved from dereliction and you only have to go to Sainsburys Local built into the old India House pub in Barton Street to see how it brightens up the neighbourhood. Will probably do well there and catch a lot pf passing commuter traffic in the evening rather that people going on to Tesco or Aldi and making it an easier journey, especially for those living off the Fieldcout side.

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  • JemmyWood  |  March 03 2014, 11:23PM

    CitizenMike, there are those that live in Quedgeley who live in the area of The Pilot, which is actually further away.... They don't have a convienience store. Apothegm.. Lidl/Aldi.... Same difference ;)

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  • Apothegm_  |  March 03 2014, 7:38PM

    @JemmyWood: I don't know where the Lidl is less than a mile from Hardwicke (the nearest is a good deal further up the Bristol Road), but you missed out the newly-enlarged Post Office next to the Quedgeley Tesco!

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  • citizenmike  |  March 03 2014, 7:04PM

    JemmyWood you are correct, but you are also forgetting that not everyone has their own transport and there are many older people in Hardwicke who really benefit from having a convenience store on their doorstep.

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  • JemmyWood  |  March 03 2014, 5:43PM

    This article seems to make out Harwicke is an isolated village. It is less than a mile from the Starting Gate Pub to a major Tesco, an Asda, a Lidl and numerous other shops.

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